"The Amarnath yatra is within a specified time frame. It is part of the economic activity," Abdullah told the state assembly.
He said, "Kashmir has been secular and a majority of the right thinking people in Kashmir have welcomed the Amarnath yatris with open arms."
Hard-line separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has sought curtailment of the yatra period for what he called 'the
"I am not against the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath, but it should be done in the way as it was done in the past. The extension of the yatra to two months has proved detrimental to our forests in Baltal and Pahalgam areas," Geelani said while addressing a congregation in south Kashmir's Anantnag town on Friday.